Together for Europe: Germany and France sign Aachen Treaty

10.01.2019 - Press release

Germany and France are joining forces with an ambitious treaty and making a commitment to a strong and sovereign Europe.

Statement by Foreign Minister Maas on the new Franco-German Treaty

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (9 January) on today’s Cabinet decision on the signing of the new Franco-German Treaty (Treaty of Aachen):

Außenminister Heiko Maas und sein französischer Amtskollege Jean-Yves Le Drian
Außenminister Heiko Maas und sein französischer Amtskollege Jean-Yves Le Drian© Thomas Koehler/photothek.net

Together, Germany and France are spelling out that now in particular we need more – not less – cooperation in order to resolve the questions of the future.

In less than a year, we have successfully negotiated an ambitious new treaty, thus realigning our relations with a view to the future.

Our aim is to improve our citizens’ daily lives. To this end, one of our goals is to provide concrete and practical solutions in the border regions. We also want to further intensify our joint efforts at the international level on behalf of peace and security, in the UN Security Council and beyond.

The European Union remains the key element of our friendship. In the Treaty of Aachen, we express our commitment to a strong, sustainable and sovereign Europe.

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